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7 Jan 2019

India: Unsafe workspace has resulted in lower female workforce participation

Despite its growing economy, India has one of lowest female labour force participation rates in the world. The factors contributing to this phenomenon are multi-faceted. Concerns of personal safety, security including fear of sexual harassment and oppressive social norms that restrict women’s mobility, do prevent women from seeking employment and confine her to primary caregiver roles. In the #MeToo era, stories about women’s harassment have become increasingly prevalent. This has also lead to companies being held accountable for the safety of women workers and to the demand to promote gender just and gender equality throughout their operations.